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Pakistan to allow 25 per cent crowd in NZ series



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The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has allowed a 25% audience attendance for the next series between Pakistan and New Zealand, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

New Zealand will arrive in Islamabad on September 11 for three ODIs at the Pindi Cricket Stadium and five T20Is at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

The decision implies that roughly 4,500 spectators will be allowed to see the ODIs on September 17, 19, and 21, while around 5,500 people will be able to watch the T20Is on September 25, 26, 29, 30, and 31.

Only spectators who have been properly vaccinated and have a Covid-19 Immunisation Certificate will be allowed inside the stadium.

“Spectators are the essence of any sport event as they create an ambiance and atmosphere for the players to excel, perform and enjoy. In this background, we are grateful to the NCOC for allowing the PCB to invite 25 per cent crowds for the eight matches,” said PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan.

“I am sure following the NCOC decision, the unvaccinated cricket followers will expedite their vaccination process so that they can witness the first series on home soil between the two sides since 2003,”

“This will be an opportunity for the spectators to not only enjoy some quality cricket in the season-opening series but also support and back players from either side as the ODIs count towards the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualification, while the T20Is will lead into the ICC T20 World Cup” He added.

Following the NCOC decision, the PCB will shortly announce ticket prices and other details for New Zealand’s first tour to Pakistan in 18 years.